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Building Bridges: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy




Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report
National Edition
Produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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Attica, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971
and its Legacy!
with
Heather Ann Thompson, author of Blood In The Water

Although much has been written about the take over and ensuing assault on
the Attica prison by state police and national guard troops some four days
later which resulted in the murder of forty three individuals, including ten
hostages, one statement by a 21 year old spokesperson for the inmates,
himself later executed by police after they retook the prison, rings no less
true or powerful today, some 45 years later:

We are men! We are not beasts and we do not intend to be beaten or
driven as such. The entire prison populace, that means each and every one
of us here, have set forth to change forever the ruthless brutalization and
disregard for the lives of the prisoners here and throughout the United
States. What has happened here is but the sound before the fury of those
who are oppressed. We will not compromise on any terms except those
terms that are agreeable to us. Weâve called upon all the conscientious
citizens of America to assist us in putting an end to this situation that
threatens the lives of not only us, but of each and every one of you, as well.

â Elliott James âL.D.â Barkley, 1971

Forty-five years after the rebellion at Attica, one of the greatest civil rights
uprisings of that century stunned the nation, millions of Americans mostly
men and women of color are locked away in prisons often for decades.
But, Attica continues to serve as the inspiration, most recently for the
largest prison strike in the history of this country and as Eddie Ellis, our
recently deceased WBAI radio journalist, prisoner reform advocate and
former Attica prisoner who was locked in one of the secured areas of the
prison during the uprising said: âthe bloodshed at Attica did something
important it exposed what was being done to people and it also showed
what men were able to do in a few short days when we work together.
That history will serve us, one way or another. The choice, as it has always
been, is up to us to dismantle the system of mass incarcerationâ.

Heather Ann Thompson, author of Blood In The Water, draws from more
than a decade of extensive research and sheds new light on every aspect
of the uprising and its legacy, giving voice to all those who took part in this
forty-five-year fight for justice: prisoners, former hostages, families of the
victims, lawyers and judges, and state officials and members of law
enforcement. Blood in the Water is the searing and indelible account of
one of the most important civil rights stories of the last century.
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Building Bridges is regularly broadcast live over WBAI,
99.5 FM in the N.Y.C Metropolitan area on Mondays from
7-8pm EST and is streamed, and archived cast at
www.wbai.org

Building Bridges National Edition is regularly broadcast over:

KWRK, Fairbanks, Alaska
WMNB, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
WZBC, Boston, Mass.
WDRT, Viroqua, WI
KYRS, Spokane, WA
Liberty and Justice1640, Shirley Mass
KWTF,Sonoma County CA
KNSJ, San Diego, CA
KRFY, Sandpoint, ID
KMUD, Redway, CA
WXOJ-LP, Florence, MA
KPOV, Bend, Oregon
KONR Ankorage, Alaska
WAPJ, Torrington, CT.
WOOL, Great Falls, Vermont and New Hampshire
KKRN Bella Vista, CA
KGHI, Westport, WA
KSVR, Mount Vernon, WA
WAZU, Peoria, Illinois
KMEC, Ukiah, CA
KOWA, Olympia Washington .
WWUH, West Hartford, CT
WMNF HD FM Tampa, Florida
WPVM - MAIN-FM Asheville, NC
WERU Blue Hill and Bangor, Maine
WGOT - Gainesville, Florida.
WUOW - Oneonta, N.Y.
WVJW- Benwood, WV
KRFP, Moscow, ID
KSOW,Cottage Grove, Oregon
WKNH ,Keene, NH
CKDU, Halifax, N.S., Canada
WRPI, Troy, New York
WNRB, Wausau, WI
KQRP Salida, California
East Hill Radio, Snoqualmie, WA
KSKQ, Ashland, Oregon
KWMD, Kasiloff-Anchorage, Alaska
WPRR, Grand Rapids, Michigan
KROV, Oroville, CA

as well as internet stations:

Chiampa Internet Radio
Global Community Radio 1, Geneva, N.Y.
WTF Radio, Bodega Bay CA
CPR Metro, NYC
Radio Free Radical
Radio Free Kansas
Radio Veronica, West Point, PA
Catalystradio.org, U.K.
WXXE
Seattle Radical Radio
Radio for Peace International
Labourstart
AmericanFM.org
Grateful Dread Public Radio
Detour Network, Knoxville, TN
KDX Radio, Homeland, North American
Radio Ear Network, Sarasota, FL
TuneIn.com
Channel One Radio
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